Friday, January 7, 2011

2011 Young Adult Contemporary Challenge @ TUBL

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Because of the plethora of paranormal books flooding the market (not that I have anything against it, in fact, I love paranormal books!), realistic contemporary YA fiction has taken the back seat. My goal with this challenge is to get you guys to read more YA contemporary books, hence, the 2011 Young Adult Contemporary Challenge! Spread the word (You can use either images above for the official button)!

What is contemporary? It's the genre wherein the events can happen in real life at the present time. The characters in the novel can be present in real life.

Goal: To read a minimum of thirteen young adult contemporary novels published in 2011.

- All contemporary books must be in the Young Adult genre
- Books have to be published in 2011
- Open to everybody. Please fill in the form to enter.
- You can join whenever you want
- If you want to enter with your blog link, you have to post about the challenge.
- Link your reviews of 2011 Contemporary books in the MisterLinky below.

Mister Linky: (Post your reviews here)
Sign the MisterLinky as shown in the example below.

Your Name: The DUFF (The Undercover Book Lover)
Your URL:

*Tri-monthly, I will have a giveaway for the participants of this challenge. Each review that you post in the MisterLinky above is equal to an entry in the tri-monthly challenge contest. The contests will include two books of choice from a list of AWESOME contemporary books and lots of swag =)

List of some YA Contemporary Books:
(If you want your book/a book to be added, email me at or comment here with the title, author, and release date!)
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard - March 8, 2011
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal - January 11, 2011
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg - January 1, 2011
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles - May 24th, 2011
Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer - February 15, 2011
OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy - May 11, 2011
Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor - January 4, 2011
The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook - January 4, 2011
Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors - January 4, 2011
Illegal by Bettina Restrepo - March 11, 2011
Pink by Lili Wilkinson - February 8, 2011
Playing Hurt by Holly Schlindler - March 1, 2011
Subway Girl by P. J. Converse - March 15, 2011
So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti - May 3, 2011
The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan Mcvoy - May 3, 2011
The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Sheinmel - May 10, 2011
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen - may 10, 2011
Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott - May 24, 2011
Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins - January 4, 2011
The Locket by Stacey Jay - February 3, 2011
He's So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott - June 7, 2011
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder - June 28, 2011
Will Work for Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris - February 8, 2011
Secrets by Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur - June 1, 2011
Crossing Lines by Paul Volponi - June 9, 2011
And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky - July 26, 2011
Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt - July 12, 2011
Forever Summer by Alyson Noel - April 26, 2011
Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez - April 19, 2011
Stay by Deb Caletti - April 19, 2011
Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker - July 19, 2011
Starstruck by Cyn Balog - July 12, 2011
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski - June 21, 2011
Pearl by Jo Knowles - July 19, 2011
But I Love Him by Amanda Grace - May 8, 2011
Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton - May 3, 2011
I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson - February 8, 2011
Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones - February 1, 2011
Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin- February 1, 2011
You Don't Know About Me by Brian Meehl - May 10, 2011
The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin - May 10, 2011
Orchards by Holly Thompson - February 22, 2011


Lale January 7, 2011 at 9:58 PM  

Woo! I was so happy to make my list and realize that some of my most anticipated reads fall into this category. Yay! :)

Abby January 8, 2011 at 3:23 AM  

:( I wish I could do this! Such a good idea! Keep up the good work Reggie!

Amy Fellner Dominy January 10, 2011 at 12:15 AM  

I love you that you're doing a contemporary book challenge--thanks!

And, I'd really love to be a part of your list of books. My YA debut is called OyMG-- it hits shelves May 11.

In the meantime, I'm going to get busy reading! :-)

Sara January 10, 2011 at 5:12 AM  

As the author of a contemp realistic YA, I'd like to say thank you! And if you'd like to add my book (don't think I saw it above - apologies if I missed it), it's RIVAL by Sara Bennett Wealer. :-)

Baggins January 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM  

Looking forward to this, thanks!

Debra Driza January 10, 2011 at 11:32 PM  

Yay, great idea! I love contemporary! :D

Shelli Cornelison January 10, 2011 at 11:41 PM  

Great idea. Love to promote contemporary YA. Can't wait to get started!

Aleetha January 11, 2011 at 2:02 AM  

I hope I can find 12 of them

Happy reading

Unknown January 11, 2011 at 5:43 AM  

What a great challenge! It's so fun when challenges involve prizes too! Thanks for putting this together! :)

HATBOOKS Author Holly Thompson January 11, 2011 at 10:07 PM  

Great challenge! Hope you'll consider adding my YA verse novel ORCHARDS (Delacorte/Random House, Feb. 22, 2011).
Thanks! Holly Thompson

Anonymous,  January 15, 2011 at 6:40 AM  

Hey I just joined! This rocks!
Here's the link to my post:

Belle of the Books January 16, 2011 at 3:01 AM  

Cool Challenge Reggie!

I added the contest to my blog as well. I've just started blogging and reviewing books, so if you could take a look that would be awesome. Or share some of your followers ;)

Belle of the Books

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) January 17, 2011 at 7:11 AM  

I accidentally added my homepage to the Mr. Linky. I'm not sure if you can delete it off or not. Sorry!

Lisa Potts January 31, 2011 at 11:12 PM  

Great challenge. Contemporary YA is my favorite, so I'm really looking forward to reading as many of these books as possible.

Unknown February 20, 2011 at 5:00 AM  

This is my favorite type of Y.A. I am so pumped for this! I think I can do it!

Karis Jacobstein April 11, 2011 at 7:04 PM  

Great challenge! Something to get me out of my Paranormal/Dystopia rut!

Alex King April 21, 2011 at 3:22 AM  

I signed up but think i did it wrong because I didn't link to my specific review. Remove me if needed and I will do it right. Thanks for the challenge, I will be sure to post my contemp. reviews.

Anonymous,  April 30, 2011 at 9:43 AM  

This challenge could not be any more perfect!! I'm so excited!

Rebecca (RivkaBelle) May 1, 2011 at 2:00 AM  

Would 'This Girl is Different' count for this? Reading it now, and seems like it would, but not on the list :)

Lisa Potts May 18, 2011 at 9:25 AM  

Just realized I'd never commented. I love YA contemporary so this challenge has been wonderful so far!

Shelli Cornelison June 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM  

Finally found out how to place a link to all of my reviews in the sidebar on my blog. Since my blog isn't all book reviews, this makes it much easier to find the reviews there. I have reviews up for SASS & SERENDIPITY, FAMILY, NOTES FROM THE BLENDER, and MY LIFE, THE THEATER AND OTHER TRAGEDIES so far for 2011 contemporary releases. I'm trying to catch up as I make my way through my ARCs from TLA.

Anonymous,  August 2, 2011 at 8:05 AM  

Heya ... I've changed my URL, so my previous links no longer work ... I'm not really sure whether to re-link stuff or not, since I'm signed up differently on the form, so I'm going to leave everything as is, but 58, 59, 72 and 75 are me and still exist on my new blog!! :)

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